Alright you guys…I will admit it. This one is long, but I am telling you right now, there are lessons to be learned from Pentecost that are life-changing. Unfortunately, these lessons have been lost to most. I can promise you this today that if you will learn these lessons, your life will be changed forever and the blessing of God will abound in your life. And don’t forget to subscribe to this blog to receive “Breaking Free From Your Past.” I will send it straight to your inbox. Oh yeah…don’t forget to share this with your facegram and instatwitter peeps!
Is this as good as it gets? Have you ever been stuck in the same miserable place in life and wonder to yourself if this is as good as it gets? If it is, how depressing. If the place we call our life is has nothing more to offer, nothing more spectacular or splendid, how dreary. To think that life has reached its pinnacle and it is much less than we dreamed in our youth is heartbreaking, spirit-breaking. But the idea that life today is as good as it gets is a lie straight from the pits of Hell. It is an absolute conjuring of the same demons plotting and planning our demise day in and day out. This thought will not hold strong against the Word of God, the Truth.
1 Corinthians 2:9-10
However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. (NIV)
Yeah Baby! And if that one is not enough, here is another for you!
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (NIV)
That’s what I am talking about! Jesus said that He came to this Earth that you and I might have life to the full. Life more abundantly is how another version puts it. In other words, each and every day of our life has potential to be more abundant than the last. We will never reach a place in this life where it is true that this is as good as it gets. Our problem is not a lack of potential for better things. Our problem is that we can’t see these better things in our mind. We can’t conceive them. They must be revealed. And how are they revealed to us? It is by His Spirit that we are able to conceive and experience this life to the full. But how can the Spirit reveal something to us if we are not keeping in step with the Spirit.
Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as a person. Too often, we act as if the Holy Spirit is something given to us in the sense that it now belongs to us. We pray for the power of God and expect the Holy Spirit to appear on our behalf as if the Spirit is some kind of spiritual screwdriver that we keep in our tool belt to be pulled out whenever we need it. Jesus said the Spirit was likened unto a person. In theology we refer to the Spirit as the second ‘person’ of the Trinity. This is why we are commanded not to grieve the Holy Spirit. How can I grieve a screwdriver? Well, if you have ever seen me try to fix anything, if anyone could grieve a screwdriver, I could. We grieve the Spirit.
To grieve is to experience grief. This is the emotion we experience when something desired is removed. It is when someone we love has passed. It is when our dream is shattered. The Spirit grieves when what He hopes for us, what He dreams for us, does not come to pass. He is in the business of revelation of greater things into our life. He is our guide to find life to the full. When we grieve Him, He mourns. And the time of mourning is not the time of revelation. How can the Spirit reveal to me life more abundantly when He is covered in sackcloth and ashes mourning the dreams He had for us because we do not keep in step with Him along this path?
This past Sunday was the Day of Pentecost. This day is rich in revelation of our God. It was the day the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples of Christ in a new and abundant way. Before this day, they could not even remain loyal to Christ when He was being beaten and crucified. After this day, they took joy in being persecuted for His name. Before this day, they wanted the seats to the right and left of the throne of Christ. After this day, they lived to serve the least and lowest of humanity. Before this day, they were the ‘ye of little faith.’ After this day, they changed the landscape of the entire world. Before this day, they lived in the mundane activities with no meaning. After this day, their shadows healed. Their touch healed. The lost were found. The prisoner was set free. The blind received sight. The lame walked. Broken hearts and lives were changed forever. They lived life to the full. The Day of Pentecost changed everything. The Spirit revealed to them an existence that was far more than ever conceived in their minds before that day.
This same Spirit is available to us now, but if we have lost hope for those greater things promised, perhaps, we have grieved the Spirit and there is no revelation. It doesn’t have to stay like that. The plans God has for you never die. The revelations hidden in the Spirit’s grieving remain. We need only eyes to see.
The Day of Pentecost was a special day. It was a day celebrated since the exodus of the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt. You remember that, don’t you? Remember how they took a lamb sacrificed, smeared the blood of the lamb onto their doorposts. They ate unleavened bread and waited as the angel of death passed over killing the firstborn of every home that did not have the blood of the lamb. This was, of course, every Egyptian home. Pharaoh told Moses to get out of Egypt and to take all of the Israelite slaves with him. God told the people to celebrate this day forever with a Festival called Passover. Jesus’ blood was smeared on the wood as they prepared to celebrate that day long ago.
The third day after they sacrificed the lamb and Moses led them out of Egypt, they came up to the Red Sea. They were trapped between the sea, the mountains, and the Egyptian army coming for them after Pharaoh realized he had led Egypt’s entire slave force to leave. God told Moses to raise His staff and the wind blew, the waters parted, and they walked across on dry ground. Later the Lord would establish the Feast of firstfruits to celebrate this day. On this day, the people would take the firstfruit from their crop and carry it in a basket to the Temple to offer it to the Lord and worship Him. The third day after Christ hung on a cross, He rose from the dead. Scripture says that He became the firstfruit of those who believe in His name.
Then Moses led the people to the Mountain of God. During this journey, God did miracles for the people proving Himself to be their God. He brought water from a rock. He brought manna from Heaven. He brought them victory against the Amalekites. The next forty days after Christ rose from the dead, He appeared to His followers proving Himself to be God with miraculous appearances and miracles.. Then He ascended into Heaven in the same way that Moses ascended up the mountain of God. Moses came down and told the people to get ready for the Lord was going to appear to them. Jesus would tell His disciples to wait. Fifty days after the Israelites ate the lamb as the angel of death passed over, the Lord appeared to them in smoke and fire and spoke to them His commandments. From that time, the Israelites celebrated this 50th day after the Passover celebration. It was a celebration of the day the Lord appeared and spoke the commandments to them. It would later be associated with the end of harvest season. So, on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came to the disciples, they were celebrating a feast commemorating the laws of God. The Lord then connected this day to the end of Harvest where they celebrated all that God gave them agriculturally.
Oh man…I don’t know if you can read my excitement. I know this has been a lot of history and maybe you are asleep right now. Well….WAKE UP!! I am getting to the good part right now bringing it all home. As the commandments of God were celebrated, the harvest was also celebrated and dedicated to the Lord. Then, the fire of the Holy Spirit fell on the disciples and the world was changed forever and so were they. The Lord has connected the dots for us. Celebrating the laws of God brings harvest, earthly blessing. Celebrating the laws of God also brings the fire of the Holy Spirit, spiritual blessings. It all begins with a celebration of the laws of God. Do you live your life celebrating the laws of God? If not, neither the harvest nor the Spirit will come to you with great revelations of life more abundant. I have spent a great deal of time re-preaching what King David preached a long time ago.
3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun. (NIV)
Since the days of Moses, God has been preaching the same message. Obey my commands and you will be blessed beyond measure. Where there is sin, there is no revelation. Where there is no revelation, hope is dismantled. But when we commit ourselves fully to obeying the ways of God, and in this way celebrating His laws as good and right, both the harvest and the Spirit will bring to us a life only revealed by the Spirit, life to the full, life more abundantly.